Be prepared for rain, snow and wind in Eastern Oregon

Feb. 22, 2021 No. 21022215
More information: Tom Strandberg – 541-963-1330

Be prepared for continuing winter weather, including high winds in some areas of eastern Oregon. This could result in limited visibility due to blowing snow or dust where fields are exposed, and driving rain. Along highways with snow-covered trees, such as OR 204 (Tollgate Hwy.), high winds could result in trees or branches on roadways. Drive with caution and avoid areas where winter conditions could create driving challenges. If you must travel, be prepared and check weather and road conditions before heading down the road at www.TripCheck.com.
The recent National Weather Service announcement says:
• Confidence is high that it will be very windy in many areas Monday and Monday night, especially with the passage of a cold front during the evening hours.
• 45 mph gusts are likely. Moderate confidence of 45-55 mph gusts in some areas.
• Advisories in effect tonight through 7 a.m. Tuesday.
• Winds 45 mph many areas…possibly higher.
• Winds may topple trees with weak roots that are heavily saturated.

Travelers are advised to check road and weather conditions at TripCheck.com before heading out. Links to winter driving safety tips are also available on TripCheck under the “Road and Weather” tab at the top of the website. Just open the “Winter Travel” and “Winter Driving Safety” drop down menus where you’ll find helpful messages. Here are a few to keep in mind:
• Be ready to use your chains. Be patient. Go slow.
• Turn off cruise control. Never use cruise control in wet, icy, snowy or slippery conditions.
• Expect a long commute that could last hours. You never know when weather or traffic incidents will cause the road to be closed for extended periods.
• Along with snow and slick conditions, expect visibility to be limited.
• Make sure your wipers, headlights, turn signals, heater, etc. are in good working order.
• Keep fuel tank full (in case you get stuck in road closure).
• Keep cell phone charged.
• Avoid following GPS navigation directions onto remote or unfamiliar roadways if detoured off the main highway. Many non-highway routes are not maintained during winter conditions.
• Carry emergency supplies (water, food, warm clothes, flashlight, etc.).
• Increase the following distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you.
• Use extra caution and keep safety in mind when installing tire chains along the side of the roadway. Other drivers may not be able to see you clearly.
• Drive according to conditions of the road, regardless of posted speed limits.
• Keep a watch on weather conditions throughout the day in anticipation of the next storm, which could make current road conditions worse.
Know Before You Go: Call 5-1-1 or visit www.TripCheck.com for the latest real-time traffic updates and camera views of Oregon’s highways. Outside of Oregon, travelers can call 503-588-2941.
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